Luke Ballance entered the world of music journalism unconventionally after a childhood passion for crowd-sourced information on music snowballed into a de facto role writing articles and managing UK artist relations at Genius. Expanding into more print and online titles in the following years including Clash, The Line of Best Fit, DMY, Gigwise and Link Up TV, the London-based writer has interviewed the likes of Madison Beer, Krept & Konan, Becky Hill, Bru-C and Nilüfer Yanya, and has penned copy for industry heavyweights including Deezer, Amazon Music and Universal. When he's not writing self-indulgent biographies in the third person, Luke can also be found making rare appearances as a singer, guitarist and record producer, having sung with Dave Okumu & The 7 Generations at a sold-out Roundhouse show as well as the main stage at We Out Here Festival.
- Madison Beer x Gigwise interview (2022)I interviewed global superstar Madison Beer on World Mental Health Day to coincide with the release of her hit single "Showed Me (How I Fell In Love With You)". We spoke about everything from her then-upcoming album 'Silence Between Songs' to trauma and BPD in an hour-long conversation, available to read back here: https://web.archive.org/web/20230603070541/https://gigwise.com/features/3427292/loving-the-unchangeable--madison-beer-in-conversation
- The Rap Game UK x Clash interview (2022)Ahead of the release of the fourth season of The Rap Game UK, BBC Three invited me to sit down with its three hosts, rap sensations Krept & Konan and BBC Radio 1Xtra mainstay DJ Target, for a conversation about the series and how to make it in the industry in 2022. Full interview here: https://www.clashmusic.com/features/dj-target-krept-and-konan-on-the-enduring-success-of-the-rap-game-uk/
BSc Politics and International RelationsUniversity of Bath
- Bath, United Kingdom
First Class Honours. Awarded the Nick Berry Arts Scholarship as a singer, songwriter and record producer, culminating in a performance with fellow scholars at the Edge Arts Centre's annual arts gala. Also a music columnist for the student magazine, Bath Time, where I reviewed gigs and albums and interviewed artists.